Lauren Hand

Lauren Hand
Lauren Hand is the Marketing Director for GPShopper.
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Tillys Mobile App: A Whole New Game for Retailers 

Posted by Lauren Hand on Feb 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In Summer 2017, Tillys teamed up with GPShopper to relaunch its mobile app. The buzz surrounding the relaunch was massive thanks to a scavenger hunt that utilized augmented reality (AR) to encourage consumers — particularly young ones — to engage with the brand. 

The retailer joined forces with YouTube influencer Shonduras on a back-to-school campaign. The goal? To boost in-store traffic by combining AR, social media, influencer marketing and gamification through digital elements. Shonduras, who has more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube, hosted the contest and provided in-app hints to participants about where they could find and collect virtual coins in-store.

The campaign demonstrated how retailers can use smartphone technology to draw consumers into stores, motivating offline behavior with an online initiative and bridging the digital and physical shopping experience.

Learn how Tillys achieved omnichannel success.

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Topics: Omnichannel Retail, Mobile Retail Apps, In-Store Experience

Consumers Will Tell Retailers How to Improve their Holiday Shopping Experience this Year

Posted by Lauren Hand on Nov 15, 2017 10:01:08 AM

Holiday shopping is stressful. So much so, that shoppers are avoiding the season by getting their shopping done early. We released our “Reality of Holiday Retail: Keeping Up With the Consumer” report today, which found nearly one in three U.S. holiday shoppers (32%) would begin their shopping in October to avoid Holiday Crush during the season.

The study (conducted online with third party research firm YouGov) looks at how consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year and what retailers can do to best serve their customers. However, in order for retailers to meet the needs of their customers, they must understand their pain points and how to fix them.

FIXING THE BIGGEST PAIN POINTS

Nearly half (48%) of shoppers have had problems with retailers during the holiday season. Those problems start with shipping and inventory management. One in three (33%) of these shoppers reported paying extra for shipping on a gift that did not arrive on time, which is likely why more than one in four (28%) consumers are still start their holiday shopping in-store. Thirty-five percent of shoppers noted their gifts arrived late, despite having ordered by the last “ship by” date, while 22 percent missed the last “ship by” date and couldn’t get their gift in time.

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Topics: Omnichannel Retail, Retail Industry Research, Mobile Retail Apps

GPShopper Platform 4.6 Gets GIFy With It

Posted by Lauren Hand on Aug 23, 2017 10:03:00 AM

The latest update to GPShopper's mobile commerce and engagement platform allows retail clients to enhance their mobile apps with animated GIFs, emojis, and additional opportunities for personalized marketing.

With Platform 4.6, retailers can advantage of the following features that are only available with GPShopper:

GIF Banners
Control Center now supports animated GIF banners! Marketers can use animation to promote flash sales, new items, and promotions to their entire app audience or a specific segment of users based on geographic region, gender, spend threshold or any other defined customer group for maximum impact.

Emoji Notifications
Emojis can now be displayed in the push notification bar as well as the inbox, adding fun to the customer app experience. Emojis can easily be peppered into push messages using GPShopper's Control Center. 

Email Capture
Retailers can collect email addresses from app users as they give feedback for ongoing outreach. 

Personalized Promotions
Promotions using smart segmentation increase app traffic and conversions.

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Topics: Retail Tech News, Mobile Retail Apps

Mobile Marketer: Tilly's Taps AR and YouTube Star Shonduras for In-Store Push

Posted by Lauren Hand on Aug 8, 2017 11:06:54 AM

Excerpts from an article in Mobile Marketer
Written by Robert Williams

Tilly's, the teen retailer with 221 stores in the U.S., launched a mobile scavenger hunt this week that urges shoppers to visit its stores and win discounts. The promotion uses augmented reality (AR) to let app users search stores for prizes. 

Shonduras, the online star with more than 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, is hosting the contest and frequently hints to mobile users where to collect virtual coins in stores. Android and iOS users who collect enough coins are then offered prizes and discounts, as Shonduras demonstrates in a YouTube video. The scavenger hunt runs August 1-14.

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Topics: Retail Tech News, Omnichannel Retail, Retail Industry Research, Mobile Retail Apps, In-Store Experience

GPShopper's "Ludicrous Mode" Increases App Speed by 1200%

Posted by Lauren Hand on Jul 28, 2017 9:51:25 AM

We recently announced the launch of GPShopper Platform 4.5, which allows retail clients more control of their apps and enhances the user shopping experience with speed, personalization and a direct line for feedback. The most buzzed about feature with the Platform 4.5 update is Ludicrous Mode - creating apps so fast, they're barely legal.

Ludicrous Mode uses intelligent fetching & caching of content to display category browse results and product detail pages instantaneously (20 milliseconds to be exact, making it the fastest app load time on the market) for the ultimate end-user experience.

GPShopper clients such as boohoo are taking advantage of the innovative new technology, and with an impressive 1200% speed increase on the shopping experience, app users are navigating through the app and buying with nearly no delays or spinners. This order of magnitude improvement in speed and user experience is the result of proprietary caching strategy.  

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Topics: Omnichannel Retail, Retail Industry Research, Mobile Retail Apps

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